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The Media War; The Jerusalem Summit and Friends

FEATURED ARTICLE The Media War By Khody Akhavi | June 28, 2007 Despite signs that the neoconservative-led agenda to reshape the Middle East as part of the war on terror has fallen deeply out of favor in Washington, representatives of thispolitical faction have recently tightened their grip on several key aspects of the public diplomacy…

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The Media War
By Khody Akhavi | June 28, 2007

Despite signs that the neoconservative-led agenda to reshape the Middle East as part of the war on terror has fallen deeply out of favor in Washington, representatives of thispolitical faction have recently tightened their grip on several key aspects of the public diplomacy apparatus. Does this herald a new period of strictly ideological programming? Read full story.

Right Web Profile: Jeffrey Gedmin
The new head of Radio Free Europe, Gedmin is a longtime supporter of aggressive U.S. overseas policies, including the neoconservative-inspired agenda of reshaping the Middle East.

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Jerusalem Summit
Bringing together Evangelicals, U.S. neoconservatives, and hardline pro-Israel figures from across the globe, this Israel-based outfit aims to prevent Palestinian statehood, stop "global Islamism," and ensure worldwide support for Israel.

SEE ALSO: Members of the Jerusalem Summit "Presidium" and Advisory Board

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"Whose Arms? Whose Agenda?"
By Gareth Porter | June 28, 2007

Is the Office of the Vice President behind recent allegations made by administration officials that categorically connect Iran to efforts to arm the Taliban? Read full story.

Right Web Profile: Richard Cheney
The secretive VP is pushing to bomb Iran and at the same time is fending off efforts to put his office under greater scrutiny, going so far as to propose abolishing the agency charged with such oversight.

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